Week in Review: Regional Dispatch Center, Teddy Bears, EEE Precautions and More

A recap of this week's headlines from July 15-21.

Miss anything in Foxborough this week? Here's your chance to sit back and catch up on some Patch. Below is a recap of this week’s biggest headlines on Foxborough Patch:

Foxborough Town Manager Kevin Paicos shared some good news at last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting when he announced the town received a $100,000 Regional Public Safety Dispatcher grant from the E911 Department to fund a feasibility study to see whether a regional dispatch center for Foxborough, Walpole and Medfield would work for the communities involved.

Foxborough Police Chief Edward O’Leary said the grant money will give the three communities interested in a regional dispatch center an opportunity to make an “objective assessment as to whether regionalization would fit in” Foxborough, serving the communities of Walpole and Medfield.



The man pleaded not guilty and asked for a mental health evaluation in court Monday, according to Fox25 Boston.

Stephen A. Mudge Jr., 41, originally of Easton, appeared in Wrentham District Court Monday and pleaded not guilty to eight counts possession of a destructive or incendiary device after Foxborough Police found "homemade explosives" in Mudge's hotel room at on Route 1 Friday, according to Foxborough Police detective Tom Kirrane.


Approximately 185 parents and children, along with their teddy bears, filled Foxborough Common Thursday morning for the Friends of the 22nd annual Teddy Bear Picnic.

Singer, songwriter and storyteller, Tina Stone of Wrentham once again provided the children with musical entertainment as they danced and played with their teddy bears, paraded around the Common and visited with Smokey the Bear.

Margi Rossetti, children's librarian at Boyden, said the annual event is part of the library’s summer reading program.

“It is just a fun day for the children,” Rossetti said.


With the recent discovery of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the southern portion of the state, Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials are advising Foxborough residents to remain vigilant in protecting themselves from mosquito bites.

, which began in late May and runs through Sept. 28.

NCMCP sprays Foxborough on Friday mornings – along with Millis, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham. The time of the spray is from 2 to 6 a.m. (sunrise). If a resident would like to see a map and/or street listing of the areas being treated, they should click on the following link, and then enter their address.

On Tuesday, state officials announced that and 10 other towns after more EEE positive mosquitoes were found on the Easton/Raynham line. Middleboro, Norton, Plympton, Raynham, Taunton, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater, Halifax and Lakeville will all receive the treatment.


Foxborough resident Beth Hill will be riding in her third Pan-Mass Challenge event this August and shared her story for inspiration with Foxborough Patch as she pedals for pediatrics in an effort to help children battling cancer.


Myra Hiatt Kraft passed away on July 20, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 68 years-old.

One year later, we took time to remember Myra, late wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and all she did for Foxborough and communities around the world. Here’s a look back at how Myra was honored and rememberd over the course of this past year, starting with the statement from the New England Patriots following news of her death.


Thursday night's crowd for the midnight premiere of "Batman: Dark Knight Rises" at wasn't overwhelming but the fans of Christopher Nolan's trilogy who did make it out to Foxborough's theater did not disappoint.

From vintage Batman shirts to full-sized costumes, some fans eager to see the final chapter of Nolan's Dark Knight films were in character as they waited in the Showcase Cinemas lobby at Patriot Place.

Fans of the Batman trilogy did not end at the ticket line as some of Showcase Cinemas' employees got in on the action as well.

Concession stand attendant Keith O'Neil of Millis, a Batman fan for 26 years, got to be the "Caped Crusader" for a night.

"I [was] dressed as Batman along with another co-worker, Chelsea McSweeney, pushing a concession cart around the theater," O'Neil said. "Some people dream of being Batman; I got to be him for one night. I was the concessionist Foxborough needed, not the one it deserved."


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